Starbucks Workers Have Now Unionized 100 Stores

The tally of unionized Starbucks locations is continuing to swell, with the latest additions coming after pro-unionization votes late last week in Seattle and Birmingham, Alabama. The coffee giant’s CEO “Howard Schultz and Starbucks are getting creamed in union vote after union vote,” labor journalist Steven Greenhouse tweeted Saturday. By the union’s count, there are now 100 stores across the nation that have unionized. BREAKING: 100 Starbucks stores have voted to unionize across 25 states. Workers in Seattle, the birthplace of Starbucks, were the 100th to unionize.@SBWorkersUnited has won an astounding 88% of elections decided so far. https://t.co/Owmwgi3A9a — More…

Texas Organizers Win Partial Victory to Defend Public Transit From Privatization

This article was first published at Labor Notes. When “microtransit,” the new rage in transit privatization, showed up in Denton, Texas, union activists decided to fight back. Microtransit is a loosely defined term that combines on-demand service with flexible scheduling and routes — imagine replacing a bus system with shared Ubers. It is presented as a high-tech alternative to public transit, but in reality it’s an extension of the drive to privatize. Some local governments around the country have already handed off operations of their public transit systems to large private operators like Keolis and MV Transportation. This move takes…

In Wake of Buffalo Victory, More Starbucks Workers Are Forging Unions

Capping off what organizers and other labor rights advocates have dubbed “the year of the worker,” employees at two more Starbucks stores are seeking to unionize. Workers at a pair of Starbucks locations in Broomfield, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois filed union petitions with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a Twitter account associated with organizing efforts at the coffee giant announced Thursday. The filings follow the first-ever successful union vote for at least one Starbucks in Buffalo, New York earlier this month and ongoing efforts at locations across the country, which workers — known as “partners” — in Broomfield and…

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